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10 Tips and Ideas for Planning a Camping Trip with Your Troop
Time to read 5 min
Time to read 5 min
One of my favorite things about being a leader was our yearly campouts. I am not much of a outdoor type of leader, we always stayed in a cabin and would enjoy the outdoors, but sleep in a heated cabin. So this post wont have anything specific for tent camping. But no matter how much you love or hate the outdoors there is always room for a campfire, outdoor activities, and games. I thought I would share some tips and ideas, so your troop can have a fun and safe time.
I’m hoping this post will make your time, around your campfire, more fun for you and your troop. I have ideas for songs, games and food. I know some of this information you might already know but I hope it’s helpful.
Enjoying the fire is the easy part, before that you need to build the fire, start the fire, and make sure the area around the fire is safe.
6 Safety Tips around a campfire
Before you have a campfire it is important to go over some safety rules with your girls. It doesn’t matter what age your troop is it is important to be safe. Print this post out and share all this with your girls.
Try this: Use a visual and build a pretend fire and give them the rules listed above. You can even do a editable fire that in the end they can eat. Read more about making
Preparing and building a Campfire
5 safety tips during the fire
Extinguishing the fire
First Aid for burns
I hope this information is helpful and you can have a fun and safe bonfire or campfire.
The other day I saw a bear is one of my favorites
If you need inspiration or just want a easy guide of some great songs to sing around the campfire. Check out this 39 page Campfire Song Book packed with fun songs.
Telephone is played by having your girls sit in a circle. The leader whispers a message to the girl next to her. Then that girls whispers that message, to the girl next to her, and it continues, until the last girl in the circle, is told the message. The last girl says the message out loud. Sometimes it’s the original message and sometimes it’s something completely different which makes it fun.
Twenty Questions is played by choosing one girl as “the thinker” and thinks of a subject (person, place or thing). The rest of your troop takes turns asking “yes” or “no” questions, one at a time. After each girl asks a question, she can try to guess the subject. They each get a turn or depending on the size of your troop or 20 questions have been asked. Let each girl have a turn being “the thinker”. It’s probably a good idea to have the girl whisper or write down what they are prior to the “yes” and “no” questions.
I’m Going On A Trip
I’m Going On A Trip is played by a girl or adult ,depending on the age of your girls, saying I’m going on a trip and I’m taking a (toothbrush, etc.) then the next girls says the same thing then adds on another item. It’s a memory game you go around and see how far you can go with each girl repeating then adding a new item. This was always a fun game for our troop.
Additional games for your campout…
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Do your girls love the great outdoors and group camping trips? If so, it’s likely you’ve spent hours packing. This process can be stressful for some, but camping itself can reduce stress and promote better emotional health.
Beyond the packing list and supply game activities
Wherever you go, camping trips always have learning opportunities. Foster those opportunities with a printable your girls can keep to review later. Here are 14 Summer Camping Games and Themed Printables that are great for your troop.
I hope you and your girls have a fun and memorable time at your campout.
Enjoy every minute being a leader and continue to inspire your girls!
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